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11:04 pm, December 19, 2014

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AP sources: Lawmakers agree on $585B defense bill

AP sources: Lawmakers agree on $585B bill with training for Syrian rebels, Iraqi forces

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 09:30pm EST

Feds: From ecstasy to agony at warp speed

We are now in a situation where a bonus holiday after Christmas and a government shutdown are both theoretically possible, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 02:00am EST

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The work begins for Congress today, and next Thursday is the deadline to finish some of the most important work of the year. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call and writes the Hawkings Here blog. He says a cromnibus looks like a possible solution to the CR deadline next Thursday.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:44pm EST
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Continuing resolution or omnibus? Decision looms for Congress as holidays approach

When Congress returns on Dec. 1, it will be pressed for time on deciding its next course on funding before the current continuing resolution expires at midnight on Dec. 12.

Friday - 11/28/2014, 12:13pm EST
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CBO deficit report advises smaller fed workforce

In a new report on reducing the federal deficit, the Congressional Budget Office suggests that cutting 70,000 government jobs over the next decade and changing the math used for civilian and military pensions could save $100 billion.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 11:24am EST

Hagel successor expected to fight more threats, increase DoD spending

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's decision to resign Monday has produced plenty of speculation about his successor. Military experts retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro and Jim Thomas of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments said the new DoD secretary will likely lobby Congress for more money to deal with new threats.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 05:12am EST
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Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

Congressional leaders insist they can get an omnibus spending bill done to fund your agency for the rest of the fiscal year before the current continuing resolution runs out Dec. 11. But a cromnibus -- a combination omnibus and CR -- may be a lot more likely. That's the bad news. The good news is a bill like that might mean minimal impact on your pay and benefits. Katie Maddocks is governmental affairs representative for the Federal Managers Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said a cromnibus, or even a plain old CR, isn't the worst that could happen.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 04:54pm EST
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Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The continuing resolution funding your agency expires in 16 days, on Dec. 11. The possibilities for what happens after that ranges from another CR, to a full government shutdown, or even to Congress passing an omnibus bill. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she offered predictions on what might happen over the next few weeks.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 04:51pm EST
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Yvonne Jones, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promises to avoid another government shutdown. Lawmakers have until mid-December to turn that promise into reality. Or not. It's a good idea to be prepared. The Government Accountability Office reviewed how agencies handled last year's lapse in appropriations. Yvonne Jones, the agency's director of Strategic Issues, explained the findings on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:51am EST
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Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Everyone with a stake in the federal budget is looking toward Dec. 11. That's when the continuing resolution runs out, and Congress will have to decide what to do next. Beyond that, federal agencies are looking at two long years of a Republican Congress and Democratic White House. Will it be the immoveable rock facing the irresistible force? Or can good things still happen? Don Kettl, professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and long-time watcher of all things federal, offered some insight on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:48am EST
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Marines with government-issued mobile devices about to become fewer, prouder

Many members of the Marine Corps who currently have access to a government-issued BlackBerry had better start weaning themselves off as the Pentagon pushes a bring-your-own-device approach.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 04:46am EST

DoD's 'vertical integration,' effort to further pare administrative costs

Two early pilot programs have shown the Pentagon that it can reduce overhead spending by carefully studying its excess costs rather than cutting each office's budget by an arbitrary figure. Once expanded across DoD's support agencies, the savings could run into the billions.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:54am EST

Never mind sequestration, Pentagon to seek budget boost in 2016

The Defense Department already had telegraphed that it would request more money than sequestration allows for in 2016. But the military's top officer said Wednesday that new missions involving Ebola, the Islamic State and Russia likely will push DoD's funding request even higher.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 05:01am EST
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Navy secretary racks up 930K miles in world travel

The Navy secretary has spent more than a full year of his five-year tenure on overseas travel, racking up more than 930,000 miles on trips that cost taxpayers more than $4.7 million.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 04:10pm EST

Retired Maj. Gen. Dennis Moran, Harris Corporation

Budget pressures on the Defense Department have driven down spending on research and development. That gives the military less say in developments that might give battlefield superiority. But industry can help with a class of products known as non-developmental items. Retired Maj. Gen. Dennis Moran, now with Harris Corporation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:42am EST
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GAO: Some agencies hit harder than others during sequestration

A new report from the Government Accountability Office says that some agencies, including the Departments of Energy, Transportation and Health and Human Services, experienced stalled grants and contract activity during the government shutdown of 2013.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 11:21am EST

Postal Service remains financially 'at-risk,' says GAO report

The USPS' ability to carry our its duties and remain financially self-sustaining continues to be at risk, according to a recently released GAO performance audit. Conducted over the past year, GAO's report found that the agency is projecting "unsustainable" losses through 2020.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 03:39pm EST

GAO: Agencies not using performance data to decide policy, budget changes

In its new report, the Government Accountability Office found that agency managers aren't using performance data to objectively determine the success of programs before making changes to their policies or budget.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 11:15am EST

Unions push back on beleaguered USPS

Confronted with a cyber breach and planned closures of mail processing centers in January 2015, the American Postal Workers Union and others are rallying against the USPS.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 11:20am EST

DoD's Work implores Congress to ‘stop the madness,' warns of further cuts to readiness

The military has made some progress in reversing the training and maintenance shortfalls it underwent when sequestration first took hold in 2013. But Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said those gains will quickly reverse themselves if Congress lets the budget caps return next year.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 03:36am EST
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